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Variation in local career trajectories of young people sharing a similar low socio-economic background in one geographic community

SLACK, Kim and VIGURS, Katharine (2013) Variation in local career trajectories of young people sharing a similar low socio-economic background in one geographic community. Journal of National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, 31. ISSN 2046-1348

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This paper uses a life history approach to examine the decision making of six young people around what to do when leaving compulsory education. They all share similar social backgrounds and are located in one geographic place - a deprived, working class, urban area in English midlands - but the six individuals have opted to follow three different post-16 pathways, even though they all achieved GCSE qualifications that would have enabled them to enter further education, and therefore potentially higher education. These different post-16 routes include employment without formal training (the workers), employment with formal training (the apprentices) and studying in higher education (the students). All the participants (and their families) are historically ‘rooted’ in the local area and this paper explores the influence of the social learning that takes place within local communities of practice – in the form of friendship groups, families and school communities – on the young people’s different, yet all resolutely local, early career trajectories.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Education
Depositing User: Katy VIGURS
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 17:13
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 17:13
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1786

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